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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


May
13
accepted What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?
Apr
28
comment In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
@HTDutchy I've also seen people cool their beverages in rivers (and lose it after a sudden rise in water levels).
Apr
27
comment What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
@BenCrowell To expand on that; regardless of ones abilities, I do believe it is safer to be in a group. I think the reason for the minimum group size is because grizzly bears are more likely to notice a large group, which reduces the probability of a chance encounter.
Apr
27
comment What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
@BenCrowell I don't know. In fact, I wouldn't mind going with a group, but finding a group of 2–4 people with whom I get along 2 weeks in the wilderness is a highly non-trivial problem.
Apr
26
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
Thanks for the answer. Oh, interesting. I was not aware of minimum group sizes and didn't read about those in the Jasper Backcountry Guide (PDF, 5 MiB). I have asked a question about those.
Apr
26
asked What routes in the Canadian Rockies have minimum group sizes (and where can I find about those)?
Apr
26
accepted When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
Apr
26
accepted In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Apr
25
asked In Canada, does a frontcountry campground kitchen shelter typically include a freezer?
Apr
22
comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz I have rephrased the question entirely. There can be polar bears in the Mealy Mountains, as there can be on Newfoundland and Iceland. The question is how frequent they are.
Apr
22
revised How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
Rephrased question completely
Apr
22
comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz I question the accuracy of those maps. I very much doubt polar bears reach Summit, Greenland at 350-500 km from the coast. I'm also pretty sure that summer visitors to Gros Morne National Park don't carry rifles, even if polar bears could go there occasionally. Nor do hikers on Iceland. I'm sure there should be some seasonality involved and it's not a black/white issue.
Apr
22
accepted Where to buy ethanol in Canada?
Apr
22
comment How frequent are polar bears inland in the Mealy Mountains and English Mountains in Labrador?
@Mapperz That relates to an area quite a bit further north. I know that the Torngat Mountains are unsafe, but summer in Newfoundland should be fine. The Mealy Mountains are in-between.
Apr
22
answered Where to buy ethanol in Canada?
Apr
18
asked Where to buy ethanol in Canada?
Apr
15
comment How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex?
To discuss whether or not this is on-topic, see this meta question.
Apr
15
comment Urbex question: How to protect myself from asbestos?
To discuss whether or not this is on-topic, see this meta question.
Apr
15
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
@Amine I'm sure there is such a decrease, and I'd also expect the backcountry to be more crowded in summer than in winter. The information centre is closed only 1 November to 4 December, but that's a bad time for backcountry hiking. One person (who had a bad experience in Banff during the peak season, due to the crowds) told me that it should get less crowded after Labor Day (as schools are starting), which makes sense, but maybe more so for the frontcountry (more families?) than the backcountry...
Apr
14
comment Can I camp in the backcountry outside backcountry campsites in Jasper National Park?
@Mapperz That link documents only provincial parks, doesn't it?